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Nutrition for People with Lung Cancer

Although lung cancer rates in the U.S. have been declining and the five-year survival expectancy is trending up, this disease still is the third most common cancer in the country. Registered dietitian nutritionists play a key role in risk reduction and treatment as part of the interdisciplinary health care team.

Lung cancer is the third most common cancer in the country and has been the leading cause of cancer-related death worldwide. Over the past 20 years, lung cancer rates in the U.S. — as well as the death rate — have been declining and the five-year survival expectancy is trending up. However, data collected from 2013 to 2019 shows lung cancer has a much lower survival rate for people in the U.S. (25.4%) compared to five-year survival estimates for other types of cancers, such as “female breast cancer” (90.8%) or cancer of the prostate (97.1%). That being said, survival rates vary based on stage of diagnosis with better rates for those with early diagnosis and localized disease (cancer has not spread) and much lower rates for advanced disease...

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